This gorgeous rental flat serves as the perfect backdrop for an online art gallery owner’s expansive collection of work.
It’s rare to move into a rental flat - a furnished one, at that - and barely change a thing. But that’s exactly what happened when Alessandra Salituri, a globe-trotter
and the founder of online art gallery Citizen Atelier
, went shopping for a Montreal pied-à-terre. “It was the second place I saw on Air-bnb, and I felt instantly at home,” she says. “I’ve developed a distinct style that’s very monochromatic, punctuated with blues and blacks, and this space looked like it was designed for me.”
Touring the petite place in the city’s Quartier International in person only reinforced her first impression. She loved the way the entry’s lacquered cement floor gave way to a diagonal checkerboard-painted one
in the kitchen. And then there was the architecture – soaring, sophisticated and inspiring. “With its 11-foot-tall ceiling, the space was the perfect bridge between a Parisian apartment and a New York City loft
,” she says. “I had a coup de coeur – meaning I fell instantly in love – when I saw those doors in the dining room. They’re architectural masterpieces.”
The Creative Flats loft is one of several furnished rental apartments owned by the design duo of Nathalie Bouchard and Annie Horth in the historic area. Move-in ready, the space already housed an enviable mix of contemporary pieces and Mid-Century Modern furniture – not to mention a bistro-style kitchen
. “All I had to do to make it my own was bring in some art, family heirlooms and bedding,” says Alessandra. Its ease was ideal for the frequent traveller, who often finds herself in Los Angeles
, New York City
and parts of Europe
looking for new artistic talent to feature on her site.